Issue 8, Winter 2011
Iran has learned its lessons from the bombing of the nuclear plants in Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007. She has scattered her nuclear installations in order to protect them from attack, and more important than that, Iran has decided to move the war against its enemy Israel by building a methodology of multiple assaults against Israel. The tens of thousands of missiles that Iran has mounted in Iran, Lebanon and Gaza, and its cooperation with Syrian missile forces could cause overwhelming damage in Israel's Tel Aviv economic center and paralyze Israel's economy for a long time.
In Israel, there is a continuous debate between those who call for military actions against Iran and those who warn of a "military adventure" that could lead to a wearying, destructive long term war. Prime Minister Netanyahu holds to his position that defines Ahmadinejad as a Hitler.
At the same time, bitter political dissension has broken out in Iran in a battle between Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Ahmadinejad that may weaken the regime.
Source: Excerpted from Ben, Aluf (May 11, 2011). Israel and Iran, an interim report. Haaretz (Hebrew).